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Neglected housewife Margaret Phillips (as Anne) reads the "Saturday
Evening Post" while waiting patiently for scientist husband Rod Steiger
(as Peter) to come home from the laboratory. When Mr. Steiger arrives,
it's with several vials of experimental serum, which he puts in the
refrigerator, because the one at the lab broke down. If consumed, the
serum gives you, "a sudden, overpowering, unnatural urge to destroy
everything you love." Yikes!
Unfortunately, the serum drips on some refrigerated pie. This brings out "The Evil Within" Ms. Phillips, after she eats some of the contaminated dessert. Phillips begins to act strange. She hangs up on Steiger's spectacled lab partner James Dean (as Ralph), tosses her husband's serum in the sink, and giddily burns some important notes. When she begins to wield a knife, Steiger really has his work cut out for him Early TV appearance for two giants.
***** The Evil Within (5/1/53) Don Medford ~ Margaret Phillips, Rod Steiger, James Dean
This is a decent episode. Rod Steiger is a research scientist. He has developed some substance that affects the personality, that unleashes the id impulses. His resentful wife damages his body of work, destroying his samples and burning his research notes. She has been affected by the spillage of some of the stuff on piece of pie she is eating. Her baser instincts take over and she becomes a veritable beast. Now it's up to Steiger and lab assistant James Dean to try to recreate the work. Meanwhile, she become a vamp, acting in ways she has never done before, totally out of character. She vows to destroy him, but she, herself, becomes self destructive. This does have a kicker which is worth waiting for.
This episode of "Tales of Tomorrow" stars James Dean and Rod Steiger
before they were stars. And for that reason alone, it's well worth
This show is a bit like a reworking of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story. However, in this case, a man (Steiger) makes a formula similar to Jekyll's and the intention is to come up with a counter-formula--one that will unlock the goodness in people. Unfortunately, his wife is a bit of a ditz and she accidentally spills some of the formula on some food and she accidentally eats it--and becomes a nasty and rather cruel woman.
Margaret Philips' performance of as the wife vastly overshadows her soon to be famous co-stars. And, it's quite fun to watch her be so cruel and histrionic! Subtle, no--but fun and well worth seeing for the story and acting.
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